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Portland rides away with No. 2 city title

Bicycling Magazine likes local support, vibrant culture

Well, it’s somewhat official — Portland likes bikes. Portland has been named the second most bike-friendly city in the United States in the May issue of Bicycling magazine, which ranked the 50 best cities for bicyclists in the country. Portland came in second to Minneapolis and ahead of Boulder, Colo., Seattle and Eugene. The magazine credited Portland for everything from its designated bike-only areas at traffic signals to its availability of free bike lights. Cities also were commended for local government support and vibrant bike cultures. “Portland has been a leader for many years, and we’re still very much a national leader,” says Gerik Kransky, advocacy campaign manager for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in Portland. “Congratulations, Minneapolis. I can’t blame Minneapolis for trying to be more like Portland. There are many cities trying to improve active transportation networks.” The worst cities for bicyclists are Birmingham, Ala., Jacksonville, Fla., and Memphis, according to the magazine. For more information, go to www.bicycling.com or pick up the magazine, which hit newstands this week. Other bicycling happenings: • The Northwest Trail Alliance will kick off its inaugural Portland Trail Fest at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22, with a party and a lineup of speakers at Chris King Precision Components, 2801 N.W. Nela St. It’s free admission and it’ll be the first of four days of events for Portland Trail Fest (www.nw-trail.org/trailfest). • The “Filmed by Bike” festival of bike-themed independent short movies will be featured Friday through Sunday, April 16 to April 18, at the Clinton Street Theater, 2522 Clinton St. For more information, call 971-221-7228; admission varies from $7 to $15. Films are limited to eight minutes. • The Bicycle Show takes places Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, at the Oregon Convention Center, 777 N.E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. It’ll be a large display of technology, innovation, frames, gear apparel and travel, fitness, ride and nutrition information. Demonstrations and seminars and workshops are part of the two-day show put on by Pedal Nation Events. Doors are open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 11. Go to www.pedalnationevents.com for more info. • Registration for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s third annual Walk and Bike Challenge runs through May 1 (www.walk nbike.org). More than 100 elementary and middle schools in Oregon have already signed up. It’s a friendly competition from May 1 to May 31 in which students and parents are encouraged to use transportation such as walking or biking to travel to and from school.